Last week, in Tangle Untangled, Part 3, we compared three Biblical charactors to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Enoch, Moses and Elisha. Satan, like the Holy Trinity, also deserves a human representative on Earth because he seduced Eve, and Adam chose to commit the same sin as his wife. Thus, Satan claimed an equality with God above the Creator.
Remember that Satan had won the right to rule mankind through the sin of Adam and Eve. They no longer served their Creator above all others because they put Satan above the Creator and consequently Satan was now mankind’s representative before God.
Come back to Ezekiel 28:1-10 and read what the Lord says about the king of Tyre: Verse 2: “thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas.”
This describes an arrogant king who had wisdom, verse 3, and no secret could be hidden from him. His wisdom caused him to accumulate wealth, verse 4, and in verse 5 the inevitable — “thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches,” and in verse 6, “he set his heart as the heart of God.”
As a result of such arrogance, the Lord said “I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness,’ (Ez. 28:7).
In the fullness of verses 1 to 10, we see how the king of Tyre is a fit representative of Satan. It can be said that he is Satan’s representative among mankind, just as it can be said that Enoch, Elijah and Moses are the human representatives of the Trinity.
Satan’s angelic skills have entangled untold numbers including angels of heaven so if he can entangle the thinking of even the angels of heaven, we should be taught about him, to recognize him and how to deal with him.
He is grasping every opportunity to claim territory in a raging war for every person’s loyalty, Like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, (1st Peter 5:8), he will finally take his subjects into eternal annihilation
God did not annihilate evil angels immediately, He gave them every opportunity to repent and come back to He who had created them. In His incredible compassion and love for all of His creation, the Lord was unwilling to destroy any of the highest order of His creation. From the beginning of Satan’s attack on the creation of God on this Earth, Satan has sought subjects for an unwinnable war. He knew that humanity had free choice, just as he has free choice, so he will take down with himself as many of the Creator’s creation as he can.
However, while we still have the opportunity to turn to God, let us remember what God has promised to restore to His people. He made the promise through Isaiah to restore the world to its original culture. Ezekiel chapter 11, beginning at verse 6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox and the suckling child shall play on the hole of he asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.”
Read on down to verse 9: “They shall not hurt not destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
So my earnest prayer is that you and I will believe what our Creator has given us through Scripture; but above all, it is our Creator’s prayer for us because only our Creator can untangle our tangle.
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